Woman charged with cutting foetus from womb pleads not guilty

2015-07-24 09:39
Dynel Lane. (Matthew Jonas, AP)

Dynel Lane. (Matthew Jonas, AP)

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Boulder - Dynel Lane, the Colorado woman accused of cutting out an expectant mother's unborn child in an attack earlier this year, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in court.

Lane showed little emotion at the hearing, sitting beside her lawyer. A two-week trial has been scheduled for early next year.

Prosecutors say Lane lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her home on March 18 with an online ad selling maternity clothes, attacked the 8-months-pregnant Wilkins and removed the feotus.

Wilkins survived, but her baby did not. Prosecutors could not charge Lane with murder because a coroner found no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb, so they charged her with unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Michael Perini, a spokesperson for the Wilkins family, said they are confident the Boulder district attorney will get justice, the Denver Post reported.

Lane is being held in jail on $2m bond.


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